Wasp Trap

04 Apr

Reblogged from Prairiestory. Ok… this is kind of gross, but clearly it works. Once the wasps go in the bottle they can’t figure out how to get out so they get trapped and die. This will minimize wasps, but the only way to eliminate them is to remove their nest or kill the queen.

1) Cut the neck off a plastic pop bottle.
2) Remove the bottle cap and flip the neck upside down and place it in the bottle opening that you just cut.
3) Tape together using packing tape or duct tape.
4) Bait the trap. The easiest is sugar and water, but I’ve also read that meat works well in the spring and early summer because wasps are attracted to protein, or other options are sugar and water, water and vinegar, beer, soda, even laundry detergent. Adding petroleum jelly or cooking oil along the steep edges of the trap can cause them to lose their footing and fall into the hole.
5) Hang the trap by either taping a string to it, or affixing a screw that you can use to hang.
6) Empty the trap – but first make sure the wasps are dead by pouring boiling water in or freezing. Personally, I’ll just dispose of entire trap and make a new one.

One last note, be mindful where you place the trap as living wasps will be attracted to it. Place a distance from where your kids or pets will be spending time.


9 responses to “Wasp Trap

  1. manman

    December 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Works great with fruit flies as well. I found wine works the best.

  2. Dawn Phillips

    April 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    They are not wasps, they are yellow jackets !

    • yan

      April 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      What did you think a yellow jacket was?…Are you sure you should be using the REPLY button?

      • Nay

        May 22, 2013 at 2:56 am

        Seems you’ve grasped the “being a needless dick” button quite well.

        • Binkie

          September 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

          I’d also like to know what Dawn thinks a yellow jacket is. And I’d like to suggest that she Google it, get her facts straight, and then apologize.

          • slimpickens

            December 16, 2013 at 2:43 am

            Think of how stupid the average person is… And then try and realize that nearly half of the world is dumber than the average person!

  3. snottynose

    December 16, 2013 at 2:47 am

    you guys are being so mean… of course dawn knows that a yellow jacket is a wasp.

    i suppose what she meant is that those insects are not merely wasps, but they are the mother of all evil, Yellow Jackets!

  4. Brendan.

    August 28, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Who cares what they’re called. They sting, now they don’t. End of argument. Cool trap by the way. :).


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